Trump scores diplomatic pre-election contract with Middle East allies

On Thursday, President Donald Trump succeeded in pulling off a remarkable win for U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East before his re-election bid on November 3 by helping to negotiate an agreement between U.S. allies Israel and the U.A. Emirates. The Gulf monarchy and Israel decided that diplomatic relations should be normalised. Israel also announced that it would postpone the occupation of occupied West Bank territories, as expected.

Soon after he signed the agreement over the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of his biggest backers, and the Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, Trump called it a “Massive success” on Twitter and told reporters other similar Middle East agreements are in the works.

To Trump, who trails in public opinion polls ahead of what is shaping up as a difficult election contest against Democratic rival Joe Biden, the opportunity to play global statesman was convincing, and has struggled to control the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the US economy. To Trump, who trails in public opinion polls ahead of what is shaping up as a difficult election contest against Democratic rival Joe Biden, the opportunity to play global statesman was convincing, and has struggled to control the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the US economy.